Front Range Science and Technology Club

The Front Range Science and Technology Club was started to help bring science and technology education to more students in more places. We are looking to get feedback and information on how best we can serve students in the Denver Metro area, and to bring science and technology learning to anyone who is interested!

We offer a Science Olympiad team for homeschoolers in the Denver Metro and Castle Rock areas as well as STEM classes for elementary aged kids who are too young to join the Science Olympiad team. We are still looking for new competitive members in the Denver, Douglas, Adams and Arapahoe counties to join our middle and high school teams. Please read below for more details about the Science Olympiad Program.

The 2018-2019 application is now available! If you're interested in participating in either the Science Olympiad team or the elementary program, please fill it out and we will be in touch.

NOTE: National Science Olympiad limits middle school and high school homeschool teams to students that reside in two contiguous counties. No geographic rules exist for the Science Olympiad elementary program. Front Range Science and Technology Club, Inc. resides in Arapahoe county. We can create middle school and high school teams that border Arapahoe county. In the metro area, this includes Denver, Jefferson, Adams, and Douglas counties. If you and your student reside in a county that borders Arapahoe county, we will attempt to put your child on a team, but we may be not be able to accommodate your student based on Science Olympiad rules. Please contact us with questions prior to filling out the application.

About FRSTC

We're homeschoolers in the Denver area, and are starting the Front Range Science and Technology Club in the fall of 2018. We want to find ways to get more kids involved in STEM, and hope to help other families looking for the same.

Our mission is to provide students and parents with an opportunity to get involved in the fields of science, and to foster competition in an inclusive, friendly and fun environment.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nation-wide nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. They accomplish these goals in various ways, including regional, state and national tournaments. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic competitions that consist of a series of team events which students prepare for during the year. These events are balanced between various disciplines of science such as biology, earth science, chemistry , physics and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science concepts, process skills and application.

Science Olympiad teams consist of up to 15 students per team. Teams of homeschoolers must be formed from students in two adjacent (touching) counties. Additionally, according to the Science Olympiad rules, a homeschooler is defined as a student who receives their primary instruction from their parent(s). An easy check is who will your student receive their diploma from? If it is from you, then you are a homeschooler in their eyes.

Science Olympiad has two competitive levels: Division B for 6th-9th graders, and Division C for 9th-12th graders.

Expected Commitment

Given the parents role as their childrens teacher for homeschoolers, the parents are the ones who will help their child learn the subjects that are appropriate for the events they are competing in. Also, there will be one team meeting per month from September through December, and then two meetings per month from January through the end of the competitive season in April of May. Families will be responsible for transportation to and from regional and state competitions as necessary.

Families will be expected to coordinate with each other to set up study sessions and practice, as well as building sessions for the events they are partcipating in.

Team meetings will be held once or twice a month, with days and times to be decided. Competition dates for 2019 have not been announced yet.

Benefits

Teamwork, amazing science education and a group of like-minded parents and kids who are excited to learn about science. Because there is no set curriculum for Science Olympiad events, it is up to the parents to put it in however they want. In this way, homeschoolers are uniquely positioned to work the Science Olympiad topics into their every day learning. This can take many forms, but offers the possibility of a much deeper concentration on specific topics then you might otherwise do.

Participation

If you're interested in participating in the Science Olympiad team, or the elementary program, please fill out our application and we will get in touch with you as soon as it's processed.

Meetings

Please email us if you are interested in more information.

Sign up for updates

Please email us at frontrange.sci.tech@gmail.com for more information and to get on our mailing list.